L’Uovo di Pasqua: The Italian Easter Egg

Easter in Italy is generally much less commercialized than in the United States, but there is one tradition that recalls the Easters I knew growing up:

L’uovo di Pasqua. The Italian Easter Egg.

As you can tell from the photo, these are not those little bite-sized, even two or three bite-sized eggs you’re using to seeing. These are hollow and range in size from palm of your hand to ginormous (think: wrap your arms around it to carry it).

I bought some yesterday just to show you what an egg looks like wrapped and unwrapped:

Then since it was open, well, we had to smash it, because the eggs usually have a “sorpresa” (surprise) inside. Depending on how much you paid for your uovo di Pasqua, your surprise could be a dinky little toy or something more substantial, but still a toy nonetheless.

Having spent a whopping €1,50 ($2) on each one of these, we got dinky. And here’s P putting the stickers on the pathetic plastic car:

Stylin’ when it’s done, though, isn’t it? “Collect them all!” says the insert.

And in case you’re wondering, there’s no Easter Bunny and definitely no marshmallow stuff or jelly beans. Thank goodness for my mom! I love jelly beans, and now so does P.

Buona Pasqua to those who are celebrating!

26 Beans of Wisdom to “L’Uovo di Pasqua: The Italian Easter Egg”
  1. 04.02.2010

    Buona Pasqua to you, P and the kidlets!

    Grazie Vee, and also to you and yours πŸ˜€

  2. 04.02.2010

    Happy Easter Dear!

    Thank Deb! Hope you have a great weekend as well πŸ™‚

    .-= Deb R´s last blog ..My husband’s favorite carbonara =-.

  3. Buona Pasqua!!

    Looks like the weather is going to be fan-tabulous! Woohoo!

    .-= nyc/caribbean ragazza´s last blog ..Flashback Friday – Easter Edition – Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens =-.

  4. Gabriele Gualco

    Hi Buona Pasqua

    (I also let you know that I’ve moved to this address: http://blog.gabrielegualco.eu)

    Thank you!

    .-= Gabriele Gualco´s last blog ..Pagina Notizie =-.

  5. 04.02.2010

    Happy Easter to you all. My eldest son LOVES jelly beans too πŸ™‚

    My grandchildren (well one especially) love Kinder eggs, I could go chocolate shopping in Italy all the time.

    I don’t each much of it, just love buying it.:-)

    You’re the best kind of grandmother, Anne πŸ˜‰ The Kinder eggs really are delicious!
    .-= anne´s last blog ..Blogging and my readers….. =-.

  6. Ha I was just thinking … “but I love jelly beans!!”

    My father in law bought me one of the big (too expensive if you ask me) eggs and said I had to wait, but gave me a little Kinder surprise egg with a pastel lamb on it to open right away! he he

    Sei viziata!

    .-= Cherrye at My Bella Vita´s last blog ..First of the Month Recipe: Homemade Calabrian Lasagna =-.

  7. Rebecca

    I swear that’s a Happy Meal toy, but I’ll take the chocolate any day!

    Happy Meal toys are better quality, I think! But yes, the chocolate is really good, even in the cheapies.

  8. 04.02.2010

    I saw that you can get l’uova di pasqua (marca Perugina) in DARK chocolate…was ever so tempted until I saw the hefty price of $17.99. I was too indecisive and wasn’t sure if it was worth it or not, until my friend Roberta said it would be soooo worth it! oh well, will have to wait until next year to indulge (or just order it and enjoy Pasqua a week late!).

    Buona Pasqua! Divertirtevi!!!

    I’m not a dark chocolate person, so you’re welcome to them ALL Melissa πŸ˜‰

    .-= Melissa Muldoon´s last blog ..β€’ raiperunanotte =-.

  9. 04.03.2010

    I do miss these gigundo eggs. But my favorite Italian part of Easter is…Pasquetta. Also, pastiera. It was a happy accident that I stopped in to buy some pancetta today from a former neighborhood Italian market. (It’s more a trattoria now, but the owner’s parents ran it as a market & were from Napoli, as is his lovely wife.) His wife Giulietta made some pastiera & they gave me some! What a great surprise. A sister will be here tomorrow, so we’ll eat it early.

    Have a great weekend, Michelle.


    Susan & GG

    That *was* a lovely surprise! Hope you have a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Week’s End – Easter Coiffure =-.

  10. Gil

    Was always too cheap to buy the giant eggs that Perugina makes. Also, was afraid I’d eat all the chocolate in one sitting. I saw the remains of one of these eggs that contained a bomb the other day on an Italian news site. What a waste of chocolate!

    That’s horrible, Gil! And yes, I can’t bring myself to spend more than a couple euros on an egg either…probably b/c I end up eating them so fast anyway.

  11. 04.03.2010

    Buona Pasqua. I love those hollow Easter eggs, even with the cheesy surprise inside. But they have to be dark chocolate! Have a great weekend.

    You’re welcome to all the dark chocolate ones; me no likey…hope you have a great weekend too!

    .-= Ciaochowlinda´s last blog ..Braided Easter Bread =-.

  12. 04.03.2010

    My daughter loves these eggs, here in Croatia we call them kinder jaja (egg) here you can buy them anyday for about 1 dollar, the little ones. But the big ones like your picture I brought one back from San Gimignano and it was *8 euros!! THis will be our first Easter decorating eggs and painting them, should be fun tomorrow.

    Happy Easter!

    Kinder is one of the brands of them here (the orange and white ones in the first photo) but we have lots of generic, more affordable ones as well…Kinder chocolate is *really* good though, so they just might be worth it. Hope you have a great weekend!

    .-= Elisa´s last blog ..When your Toddler calls you Mama Lisa =-.

  13. Cathy

    Happy Easter Michelle. I remember my son’s first Italian easter egg was nearly as big as him!! This year (and as usual) he requested an ‘Inter’ egg. There certainly are lots of different eggs to choose from, and it is amazing what you can spend on Easter eggs.

    Yes, especially if you have lots of nieces and nephews!

    .-= Cathy´s last blog ..Happy Easter =-.

  14. 04.04.2010

    Buona Pasqua Michelle!

    Hope you had a great weekend, Joe!

  15. 04.04.2010

    Buona Pasqua, Michelle, e pure al tuo fidanzato! Spero che passiate una bella giornata! πŸ™‚

    Grazie mille! E’ stata una giornata bellissima!

    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Citizenship Saturday: The Quest for the Apostille =-.

  16. Lisa

    Buona Pasqua, Michelle! These eggs were very popular in Brazil as well (dinky toy and all). I usually would receive a few from my my students.

    My dad made his traditional Italian Easter bread (with the colored egg in the center for decoration). I’ll try to take a photo and send it to you before we cut into it.

    Mmm sounds great Lisa! Hope you had a great weekend πŸ™‚

  17. 04.05.2010

    An egg that size here costs about 4 to 6 dollars (CAD). The kinder surprise egg I bought for my daughter cost me 10.99 CAD plus tax! I think you got a deal! Her prize was dinosaur.

    Oh Lucy, the eggs here get quite expensive as well…I’m cheap so I waited till I found something in my price range πŸ˜‰

  18. 04.06.2010

    Buona Pasqua Michelle!

    Hope you had a great weekend πŸ™‚

    .-= Italian Tapas´s last blog ..formspring.me =-.

  19. 04.06.2010

    Love it. This is just like what they do in Brazil too. Yummy tradition! Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.

    Thanks LJ! Great to “see” you πŸ™‚

  20. Hey Michelle,

    Great post. Way to go on the photos. You truly are a photo journalist and excellent communicator.

    I just wanted to send you the update from Emilia – Romagna. At our local supermarket, the coop, about as big as a 7-11, they had half price Disney eggs, thanks goodness, they were half price, because they were the same size as yours above. We got a 2 magnets, one was for a GIRL and we have boys.

    There was no writing on the package. Full retail price: 15 euro each, about $20, each. The fun part was hands down watching my 5 year old karate chop it.:)


    Ooooh Disney eggs…fancy schmancy πŸ˜‰
    .-= Julie ~ jbulie’s blog´s last blog ..? Twitter Facebook Faceoff ~ Top 10 Tips and Tricks from jbulie. =-.

  21. 04.06.2010

    What? No Peeps? No Cadbury Eggs? No *jelly beans?!?!*

    Thank goodness for your mom!

    I do like that the eggs there have little surprises in them. What do the huge eggs have in them…? People who pop out and cook breakfast for you? *hopes*


    Happy Easter Bella Mia!!!

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Ooh dear…I had forgotten about the Cadbury eggs…waaaaaah! And so did my mom, apparently! Nobody making breakfast popping out of the eggs, although a crafty gentleman could try to slip in a lil’ jewelry or something πŸ˜‰

    .-= Wanderlust Scarlett´s last blog ..For The Love Of Chocolate =-.

  22. 04.09.2010

    Whoa. Italian Easter eggs rock. Er, there is no such thing as Filipino Easter eggs. @_____@
    .-= Tarie´s last blog ..Author Interview: Kristy Dempsey =-.

  23. marie concetta

    Happy Easter to you, too!
    I just emailed your article on Deno’s Easter Eggs from 2007 to my cousin, Gingie today. She loved it and knows you. She was your phys ed teacher and had nothing but great things to say about you. Thank you for bringing back memories for both of us. I will read it to my sister tomorrow (Easter). She just has to have her chocolate peanut butter eggs every Easter.

    Peanut butter are my favorite too; thanks for passing that on to Gingie — please do send my best!

  24. Claudine

    Ah! Buona Pasqua! I’ve been secretly reading your blog without you knowing for almost a year now πŸ™‚ and I just had to comment. I adore these giant eggs! At my PAM, there were rows and rows of them, and I just wanted to steal them all they looked so pretty, and were full of my favorite thing on planet earth CHOCOLATE. Gnam.
    To remember American, I had Peeps dipped in chocolate. Yes, it was delicious. πŸ™‚

    Haha thanks for commenting — and for making my mouth water for Peeps!!!

  25. kay

    I would really like 2 get my friend a l’ovo ei pasqua..a big soppressa .its only a joke about exchanges. But I can’t remember terminology any help pls) sparkle foil like wrapper .any more boy fish rather than pink..know its last min )

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